The European Union will approve new sanctions “as soon as possible” to respond to the decision of Russian President Vladimir Putin to call referendums in the Donbas republics and to mobilize 300,000 reservists for the war in Ukraine. This is the reaction of the EU foreign ministers, meeting urgently and in an extraordinary manner at the United Nations headquarters, where the General Assembly is being held.
“We will continue with our military support, giving arms to Ukraine, and we will study and adopt new sanctions, to people and sectors”, said the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, at the end of the meeting, in which the minister participated. Ukrainian, Dimitri Kuleba: “There will be a new list of people, but we haven’t decided which ones yet. We have only made the political decision to do so, and I am convinced that we will achieve unanimity for a new sanctions package.”
“Russia’s actions in Ukraine continue to threaten peace and security in Europe and around the world and have serious global consequences in the form of increased food insecurity and higher energy prices,” says the statement approved by the 27 : “The EU reiterates its calls on Russia to respect the principles of the United Nations Charter and reverse these illegal plans. Russia, its political leaders and all those involved in the organization of these referendums, as well as other violations of international law and international humanitarian law in Ukraine, will be held accountable, and additional restrictive measures will be brought against Russia as soon as possible. in coordination with our partners. The EU and its Member States will never recognize these areas as anything more than a part of Ukraine and will continue to support Ukraine’s effort to restore its territorial integrity for as long as necessary.”
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, for her part, has said the following to CNN: “We are prepared to impose new economic costs on Russia, and on the people and entities inside and outside Russia that provide support, politically or economically. In addition, we will propose [a los Estados miembros] new export controls on civilian technology as Russia moves toward a full war economy.”
“President Putin is showing his weakness,” says von der Leyen: “He tries to mobilize personnel who are less trained, less experienced, less motivated. And he wants to start fake referendums on sovereign Ukrainian soil. I think this requires sanctions on our part again.”
It would be the eighth round of European Union sanctions on Ukraine, something that the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, and the 27 EU foreign ministers in New York have already begun to discuss in New York.
“We already said that in the event of holding this type of referendum, in the event of annexation, new sanctions would come,” said Borrell before meeting with the European ministers.
According to Borrell, “world peace is in danger.” And he adds: “The risk of a nuclear accident is not negligible. Europe’s largest nuclear power plant is being bombed on its immediate perimeter. And the International Atomic Energy Agency tells us that it is operating in alarmingly precarious conditions. You don’t have to be alarmist, but you have to be aware of the risks. And now Putin tells us that he is ready to use all the weapons at his disposal. And when someone says that it is because in ‘all’ they include nuclear weapons. It is an enormous irresponsibility and something completely unacceptable for the international community. The ministers are going to discuss the European reaction, which I cannot anticipate because my colleagues would not be very satisfied. But we are certainly going to insist on the measures we have taken of military support, economic pressure with sanctions on Russia and international diplomatic action.”
Borrell, in any case, has affirmed that Europe is not at war: “From the beginning we have said that we are not belligerents, that we are not at war. One thing is to give military support and another thing is to enter directly into the war. It is not the case, and it will not be the case. We are not participating in the war. We are not belligerent. We are only supporting Ukraine. The recipe is more of the same: military support, economic and individual sanctions and diplomatic rapprochement with the rest of the world”.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has also assured from New York in an interview with Reuters: “We will make sure that there are no misunderstandings in Moscow about the seriousness of the use of nuclear weapons… And that is the reason why that we have been so clear in our communications with Russia about the unprecedented consequences, about the fact that Russia cannot win a nuclear war.”
“We are prepared for a tough winter”, said the Norwegian: “Winter is coming, it will be difficult for all of us. But the answer is not to give up and stop supporting Ukraine. The answer, in any case, is to take a step forward and continue to support Ukraine.”